Executive Senior Editor

Kelly Clarke is executive senior editor at Portland Monthly, where she manages the magazine’s insatiable Food & Drink section and creates lively cover packages that often double as guilty pleasures, from scouting out the city’s best bars or chronicling how to turn your backyard into a chic, gluttonous party paradise. She also pens stories on everything from mouthy ballerinas and bartenders to artisan junk food taste tests and Portland’s next crop of influential chefs.

In her former life, Kelly was the longtime Arts & Culture Editor at Willamette Week, where she founded the Portland alt-newsweekly’s popular Finder city guide, wrote about PDX’s excellent ethnic markets, chefs fighting over pigs, sex machines, and very expensive dog wheelchairs. Her Portland Monthly story about a wildly talented local chef channeling his hazardously addictive personality into cooking success won the SPJ’s 2013 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Competition for Personalities reporting. She lives, cooks, and eats with her husband and very opinionated daughter in Northeast Portland, where pho shops still outnumber Salt & Straw outposts.

LONG STORY SHORT

Jeffrey Morgenthaler: The Man Behind the Bar

The legendary Clyde Common bartender reveals his slow rise to cocktail stardom (by way of dive bars and white collar ambitions).

06/02/2014 By Kelly Clarke

RECIPE

Squirrel Nut Sippers: DIY Walnut Liqueur

We'll show you how to turn those green walnuts into black gold by Christmas.

06/02/2014 By Kelly Clarke

SNEAK PEEK

First Look at Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s The Bar Book

Three geeky things we learned from the Clyde Common bartender’s new cocktail technique bible.

05/12/2014 By Kelly Clarke

HIT LIST

10 Portland-Style Junk Food Favorites

Portlanders are turning your favorite greasy, sugary, salty snacks into artisan masterpieces.

05/01/2014 By Karen Brooks and Kelly Clarke

FEATURE

Reasons to Love Portland

From poetry to poutine, from high tech to high fashion, we celebrate what makes our city the best anywhere.

04/25/2014 With Marty Patail, Randy Gragg, Aaron Scott, Benjamin Tepler, Allison Jones, Carl Abbott, Jonathan Frochtzwajg, Kelly Clarke, Molly Woodstock, Maya Seaman, Peter Holmstrom, Lexy Folkes, Greg Young, Rene Denfeld, Brian Doyle, Justin Hocking, and Laini Taylor Edited by Rachel Ritchie and Zach Dundas

INTERVIEW

Getting Personal with Portland’s Food Napoleon Micah Camden

We sit down with the outspoken chef and restaurateur to find out the secret to smart expansion and his life's singular regret (hint: it involves Voodoo Doughnut).

04/11/2014 By Marty Patail

YA BLOCKBUSTERS

Local Author Laini Taylor on Monstrous Love Affairs

The best-selling scribe of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy releases its final chapter and gossips about its big screen adaptation and sex in YA. Apr 16

04/10/2014 By Kelly Clarke

DANCE REVIEW

Review: NW Dance Project’s Director’s Choice

PDX’s contemporary powerhouse celebrates 10 years with a quartet of intense, beautiful, athletic dances. Thru Apr 5

04/03/2014 By Kelly Clarke

BEER BULLETIN

Ecliptic Brewing: Third Beer from the Sun

Pioneering Oregon brewmaster John Harris launches a new North Mississippi brewpub

04/02/2014 By Kelly Clarke

LONG STORY SHORT

Portland's Veteran Dancer Takes Her Final Bow

A look back at Alison Roper's decades-long career with the Oregon Ballet Theatre

04/02/2014 By Kelly Clarke

DANCE

Alison Roper, Dancing Queen

On the eve of her retirement, we take a look back at the Oregon Ballet Theatre ballerina’s remarkable career.

03/12/2014 By Kelly Clarke

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Introducing Angel Face, Navarre's Feminine Counterpart

John Taboada’s mysterious bar project is here at last. Hallelujah.

03/12/2014 By Kelly Clarke

INTRODUCING

The Sudra's Colorful Vegan Fare

The Ocean goes Indian, by way of New Mexico.

03/03/2014 By Kelly Clarke

EAT HERE NOW

Power Lunch at Harlow

Refuel with vibrant bowls, salads, and filling plates at Southeast Hawthorne's gluten-free, mostly vegan, organic hot spot.

03/03/2014 By Kelly Clarke

BEST BARS 2014

7 Sinful Date Nights

Let some of Portland’s most indulgent bars inspire your big night out.

02/03/2014 By Kelly Clarke

POUR

Rethinking Chai at Pip's Original

Housemade spice blends offer the perfect pairing for this neighborhood café's fried-to-order mini doughnuts.

02/03/2014 By Kelly Clarke

HIT LIST

Portland’s Best Bars of the Moment

We sipped and rambled our way across the city in search of your favorite new bars—whether you’re in the mood for a fresh new spot or an old standby.

02/03/2014 With Brian Barker, Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Aaron Scott, Benjamin Tepler, Margaret Seiler, and Marty Patail Edited by Kelly Clarke

Eat This Now

Nuvrei Debuts Hot Hourly Croissants and Macaron Counter

Cult bakery Nuvrei announces the "Return of Le Mac" with a new macarons counter and fresh croissants on the hour.

01/23/2014 By Kelly Clarke

OPENING WATCH

Micah Camden to Open Fried Chicken Shack

This spring, Portland's restaurant mogul will open a Blue Star Donuts outpost on SE Hawthorne, plus a brand-new fried chicken shack on SE Division.

01/16/2014 By Kelly Clarke

THEATER

Review: Pixie Dust’s Beauty and the Beast

A local sing along of talking clocks and beastly love affairs makes for real holiday magic. Thru Dec 29.

12/15/2013 By Kelly Clarke